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Ethel Helffenstein, supported civic, cultural groups Feb. 3, 1916 -- Jan. 8, 2007

Ethel Lee Helffenstein, who supported myriad civic and cultural institutions, died Monday in her Amherst home. She was 90.

Born Ethel Lee Browne in Buffalo, she graduated from Lafayette High School and studied at several other institutions.

Mrs. Helffenstein held a variety of jobs, including several years as a managing editor and proofreader of scientific publications. She was among the editors of a history of the Buffalo Museum of Science written by George F. Goodyear.

She was a member and president of the Women's Board of Deaconess Hospital, vice president of the Erie County Heart Association's board of directors and a member of the Women's Committee of the Buffalo Museum of Science. She served on the Williamsville School District's PTA and the alumni board of Lafayette High School.

Mrs. Helffenstein also was a longtime subscriber and member of many cultural institutions, including Studio Arena Theatre, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, as well as a supporter of many wildlife organizations.

Her husband of 60 years, Philip G., died in 2001.

Survivors include two sons, Curt P. and Kip N.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, 5541 Main St., Williamsville.


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